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Monday, June 11, 2018

Steven Ziaja's hearing nears

Folks, on June 25, 2018 in the Montgomery County Courthouse Steven Ziaja will appear in court for felony charges he racked up during his part ownership of Priceville Partners, LLC.  It will be interesting to see just how Ziaja will explain his partnership and how he did nothing wrong.

We will provide you updates during the proceedings. 

UPDATED: Alabama ABC agent Ziaja, from Morgan County, indicted on 12 felonies

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A Montgomery County grand jury has indicted an Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control agent from Morgan County on 12 felonies, including allegedly using his position for personal gain. 
Steven Wrea Ziaja, 39, of Falkville, was arrested and booked into the Montgomery County Jail on Tuesday and later released on $30,000 bail, court records show. Ziaja was indicted on 11 counts of computer tampering and one count of using his position as a law enforcement officer for personal gain, according to indictments filed in Montgomery County courts Wednesday. 
The indictments say Ziaja took confidential information on about 10 people from the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center, which exchanges information with the National Crime Information Center.Court records do not say why Ziaja accessed the information or how he used it. 
Earlier this year, Ziaja was named in a lawsuit against Greg Steenson and others to protect his interests as an alleged creditor who loaned Steenson nearly $500,000 for Steenson's used car dealership. 
Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin was also named as a creditor in the lawsuit. 
Steenson owns 40 percent of Priceville Partners LLC with Harold Jeffreys, a Decatur businessman and former banker who owns 60 percent of the company. In late 2015, Jeffreys filed a civil lawsuit in state court against Steenson. Jeffreys claimed Steenson has not repaid him $3.2 million he loaned to Steenson to buy used cars. 
Ziaja said in court filings earlier this year that Steenson owes him $464,299 plus interest for loans he made to Priceville Partners LLC beginning in August 2014. Franklin had a $150,000 claim in the bankruptcy filing. Franklin, Ziaja's former girlfriend, said last year that "his (Ziaja's) money has nothing to do with my money."
Each computer tampering charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, and use of office for personal gain is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, per Alabama law.
anna.beahm@decaturdaily.com or 256-340-2446.

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